Lake Geneva is one of the most famous landmarks in Europe. Spanning 26 miles, one of the great ways to soak it up is from the comfort of a train carriage.
Handy then, if you happen to be transferring from one end of the lake at Montreux, to the other in Geneva. It’s one of the great Swiss journeys, and all in less than an hour. In that time, you’ll be able to scale the breadth of the lake without having to step outside. 52 services a day run on this popular route. This means you don’t have to plan ahead too much, especially as trains run up until 23:55.
To find out more about the journey to Geneva, including the latest train times and FAQs, please scroll down for additional information.
It takes an average of 1h 15m to travel from Montreux to Geneva by train, over a distance of around 40 miles (64 km). There are normally 72 trains per day travelling from Montreux to Geneva and tickets for this journey start from €8.23 when you book in advance.
40 miles (64 km)
72 trains per day
Direct trains available
|Train and bus operators|
The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).
Benefit from free WiFi, spacious seating, power sockets and air-conditioning in newer SBB's Eurocity trains.
Treat yourself in SBB's First Class and enjoy more legroom, access to First Class Lounges, at-seat dining and plenty of space for your luggage.
You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Eurocity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.
Many SBB Eurocity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.
There are plug sockets and free WiFi on SBB Eurocity trains.
There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard.
You can take your bike onboard SBB Eurocity trains provided that you can fit it into the storage space onboard, but you'll need to buy a ticket for it. You'll also need a reservation for the Swiss part of your journey when travelling internationally. You can make a reservation online or at a ticket office.
Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.
There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet onboard, plus priority seating for passengers with reduced mobility.
There is air conditioning on board newer SBB Eurocity trains, so you can travel in comfort.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Montreux to Geneva by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Montreux and Geneva is 1 hour and 15 minutes, with around 72 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Montreux to Geneva is 59 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Montreux to Geneva can start from as little as €8.23 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Montreux to Geneva without having to change trains. There are 49 direct trains from Montreux to Geneva each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Montreux to Geneva leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Montreux to Geneva leaves at 23:47. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Montreux to Geneva cover a distance of around 40 miles (64 km) during the journey.